Shy Ones


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FLYING EYE BOOKS, London, 2020

Read a Q&A about Shy Ones with Deborah Kalb on her brilliant blog: Deborah Kalb Books 

In the submarine world of Ms. Ciraolo’s enchanting illustrations, the fish and corals seem to be spun from colorful sugars.[..] She shows us that, as with many a classic introvert, Maurice’s true personality emerges only in private. As it happens, he’s rather fun. Children ages 2-5 with quiet natures will be affirmed by this understanding and visually delightful picture book; children of brassier and extroverted tempers will, we can hope, come away with a new appreciation for the shy ones in their midst. -Meghan Cox Gurdon for the Wall Street Journal

Sly humor spices the spreads throughout— A plea for acceptance might embrace an unobtrusive aesthetic, but Ciraolo’s palette is bright and her line is supple; she makes shyness seem downright fashionable. -Publishers Weekly

Beguiling jewel tone colors and gorgeous fishy scenes underwater showcase Ciraolo’s artistic story telling, with the end papers introducing the characters. A lovely, quiet book to contemplate, perhaps with a shy little one on your lap. -Youth Services Book Review

This is the best picture book on the subject of shyness that we’ve ever seen. [..] Throughout the book Simona captures perfectly what it has felt like for us as parents of a shy kid. -Read It Daddy

A feast for the eyes. -Kirkus Reviews


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